Make Texas Your Next Travel Destination
We’ve all heard that “everything is bigger in Texas” and that couldn’t be more true for travel nurses and therapists. The Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington area is officially called the Metroplex by the United States Office of Management and Budget as it is the largest metropolitan area in the south and the economic and cultural hub for North Central Texas. If you are a travel nurse or therapist, now is the time to head south and check out why the travel assignment opportunities are bigger in Texas!
If you are considering a travel assignment in Texas, let’s check out some of the great things to experience while you are there.
History. While the area is booming economically and modern amenities abound, there is great effort to pay tribute to the past. From the Stockyards National Historic District to the Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza, history buffs will have no shortage of engaging, informative destinations during a 13-week stay. If the family comes to visit, be sure to check out the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
Festivals. Like everything else in Texas, Summer festivals are a BIG deal throughout the Metroplex. From music festivals to food festivals to Shakespeare and even Renaissance festivals. There is something awesome to do all summer long. Taste of Dallas runs from June 9th to June 11th and features over 200 exhibitors and 10’s of thousands of your best friends sampling burgers, brews, and BBQ.
Nightlife. Whether you listen to Country & Western, Jazz, Dance music or Rock & Roll, you will find a dazzling array of nightlife choices while you are on assignment in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Live music is the norm, and your choice of beverages range from ice cold beer to mind-blowing cocktail concoctions. Just make sure you pack your dancing shoes (or boots) before you hit the town.
Barbecue. If you aren’t a big fan of Que before you travel to Texas on assignment, you most assuredly will be by the time you leave. From mouthwatering ribs with the sauce on the side to ooey-gooey brisket with the perfect char, your first food coma in Texas probably won’t be your last. And remember, sometimes the dumpiest looking places have the best BBQ.
Outdoors. Don’t let anyone ever tell you that there is no place to enjoy nature and the outdoors in and around the Dallas area. Hiking and Biking enthusiasts have access to acres upon acres of trails, canyons, and wildlife just a short drive away in any direction. From the Arbor Hills Nature Center in Plano to the Trinity River Audubon Center south of Dallas to Oak Cliff Nature Preserve and its 8 miles of wooded bike trails, if you need your nature fix, just like Ragu, it’s in there!
Another area in Texas is booming with travel opportunities and it just so happens to be the State Capitol of Austin. Located less than 200 miles from the Metroplex area, Austin is bustling with just as much activity as its neighbors to the north. If you are into “live music,” then a trip to Sixth Street should be on top of your list. You can also make time to visit the historic State Capitol and the L.B.J. Library and Museum in downtown Austin. The city of Austin is annually ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States as you are sure to discover all of the reasons why during your 13-week assignment in the “heart of Texas.”
There you have it, a number of quick reasons why your next assignment should be in the Lone Star State. Reach out to your recruiter and let them know you are ready to head south for the summer. If you want to see for yourself what kind of opportunities are waiting for you, check out Supplemental Health Care’s powerful job search engine here. If you have any exciting Texas stories you would like to share, tell us about them on our Facebook page or use the comment section below.